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One of the highlights of the last Amsterdam Dance Event for us has been hands down having the chance to meet some extraordinary artists from AVA Recordings (  Sheridan Grout, Sam Laxton, Memory Loss, Rinaly) and Bjorn Akesson as special guest,  who have been so nice to sat down with us for a few minutes to introduce themselves and talk about their music career and the path their following.

AVA Recordings hosted a stage during ITWT night and let us tell you, we sincerely hope you didn’t miss it because we had a blast! The uplifting atmosphere and the pounding beats kept us going through the night dancing as…no one was watching us 🙂

We suggest you to keep those amazing talents on your radar as they are growing fast  in what we can call a fully refreshed trance scene and boasting a huge support from the biggest names in the business they’re more than ready to destroy all the dance floors worldwide….you are warned 🙂

Now let’s check what they told us and what AVA Recordings means to them!!




What if I tell you that a warm summer Sunday has been hit by a tornado during the Electronic Family festival in Den Bosch?

Oh yes, a tornado named Ørjan Nilsen!!

Our beloved trance master mind struck the stage with his usual big smile and tons of bangers, pampering his crowd as always.
His powerful and euphoric signature sound made us jump for the whole gig, and when he dropped some dancefloor destroyers like ‘Iconic’( celebrating its first anniversary with a bang indeed) and ‘Drowning’ our day has been made!!

When he left the stage leaving us begging for more we had to go back to reality knowing that all good things must come to an end.

If you are familiar with The Backstage Access, you know already how much we love this artist, both for his music and for his great charming personality, so we really could not miss the chance to have a little talk with him.

We must thank Ørjan and his entourage (really amazing people) for meeting and greeting us backstage for a quick friendly chat.




TBA: Hey Ørjan, nice to meet you again and thank you so much for supporting us!


ØN: Well…Thank you, for supporting me!

TBA: How are you doing lately?

ØN: I’m doing great …It’s so busy, and so fun, even if I am getting a bit older, I still feel like a kid!

TBA: Well, you are a kid!! Your set is always so energetic and powerful!

ØN: I think I have disorder…I cannot stand still when I play music…but it’s a good disorder to have I think!

TBA: Absolutely, we love to see you jump with a big smile on your face and giving it all!

ØN: Thank you, and come on, how could you not love this?? (pointing  towards himself 🙂 TBA note )

TBA: True!! Any insight you can spill about your new album?

ØN: Well my album is basically almost done, all the tracks are done, just the last touches are left, I do think it’s gonna be a winter release for this year, so that’s good. So that’s also why so many of my singles are coming out now, cause I have so many tracks finished.

TBA: Cool, so we will (almost) patiently wait for it. So, you are kind of a geek in the studio, any new tools you are using lately?

ØN: I Just bought a new sound chord from Universal Audio which is amazing and has so many fantastic plugins and it makes my tracks sound a lot more fat and analog

TBA: What about your schedule these days?

ØN: Well I have at least another month of touring and then I hope to get 10 days off to stay with my daughter, daddy is gone all summer so of course she is getting angry, after that I am gonna have other gigs and then again 10 days off…So not really an holiday, but when fall comes I can relax a bit.

TBA: What is inspiring you the most lately?

ØN: I think what inspires me the most are the festivals, like listening to different kind of music on different kind of stages of different kind of djs, this is actually fantastic because I am always looking for that new sound, that one thing that tickle my fancy and I think I found it this year, actually at Tomorrowland…

TBA: And how was playing at Tomorrowland?

ØN: Well even if you are kinda  seasoned dj like me, it’s so big so massive, the audience is so overwhelming, I think for me it’s the best place in the world to play, there are so many good festivals out there but for me, it has a special place in my heart.

TBA: Thank you for the chat, and please keep us up to date  on all your new releases!!

ØN: Ok sure, there are going to be a lot of them!!



Ever wondered how does it feel to be David Gravell?

Well, despite the overly busy schedule he has, he managed to find a moment with us to let you discover something about himself….

TBA: Thank you for supporting TBA once again, what’s new since the last time we met?

DG: Well, as an artist I did at lot of things, I released my compilation ‘Discover’, and it was kind of a big deal for me, as it’s like a concept album, I wanted to create a story, bringing some of the old stuff I made and blend it together with my new sound plus some stuff of other artists. It kinda represents what I wanna achieve after so many years of working in the music business.
Also, new tunes are scheduled for the next months.
Furthermore I am doing a lot of gigs around the world. I’ve just been back from Georgia, spent something like 30 minutes at home and here I am at Electronic Family.

TBA: Even people that are not strictly into trance seems to be big fans of your sound, what’s your secret?

DG: Well, I’ve always been an underground music lover and so I’m trying to combine some techno elements with trance and adding melodies; I am glad to hear that people who love other musical genres are appreciating my sound.

TBA: Your popularity is really rising so fast, how do you handle all the pressure?

DG: I was never aware of getting bigger in the scene, I am always the same person, I make music from the heart, I try to live with it and to treasure every moment on stage everywhere I go like a special moment and I have respect for everyone that come to my shows, I try to always find the time to take picture with everyone, to give my fans something back.

TBA: Yes, this is something very special and nice of you, not every artist acts like that

DG: Well of course when you get bigger it’s not always easy to do it but, I hope I can manage to still do it for a while, I want to be there for people that come to see me.

TBA: We really like your vlog. It’s so good to discover (…yes I said Discover 🙂  ) something more about you.

DG: It’s very nice to hear. For me it’s all about communication, I like to let people know what I am doing. I’ve just started with the vlog, and you know, everywhere I go… I vlog, but as I am editing everything on my own, it takes time to post the videos and all, I did also a very special one at Tomorrowland.

TBA: One of the episode we really love is the one with you in the studio explaining the making of ‘Young Love’

DG: Oh yeah, many people are telling me that, it’s a little insight of my work. Loads of producers as well wanna know how I create the sound etc.
And people can always send me stuff, I am very open minded to give them feedback. When I started I had no people around me to give me feedback, I learnt everything from nothing into something like where I am now, it took me so many years to explore and discover ( yes, his turn now to say it – TBA note-) everything, so yes, sometimes it’s nice to help all the new kids that try to make music because I know it’s hard.

TBA: Any new tools in your studio lately?

DG : Well since i bought my first analogue synthesizer, Virus, every track that i made, all the sound i am creating is 90% analogue, it’s like the real thing, it sounds so much better, i can advise everyone to use it.

TBA: Any good horror movie lately?

DG: Well, one that really blew my mind is called As Above So Below, the script is so cool and I would like to get a chance to visit the place

TBA: it’ s in my wishlist as well.
( we’re talking about  Paris catacombs)